Smoke rises as fires burn in the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho, the capital city of Rondônia, Brazil. Photograph: Victor Moriyama/The New York Times

Seeing the global panic over thousands of forest fires in the Amazon last week, and hearing the calls to boycott Brazilian products, Agamenon da Silva(...)

Urban decay in Detroit. Photograph: Paul Sancya/AP

The hulking Michigan Central Train station rising high into the Detroit sky has seen better days. The building and the district of Corktown it’s situ(...)

Can an MBA lead to early retirement on a tropical island? Photograph: iStock

A wealthy businessman visits a small Pacific island where he notices a fisherman landing his catch. Impressed, he asks him how long it took. The fis(...)

Darlene Coker is shown with her thoracic surgeon David Sugarbaker

Darlene Coker knew she was dying. She just wanted to know why. She knew that her cancer, mesothelioma, arose in the delicate membrane surrounding her(...)

South Korean cyclists accompany the torch of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics through border checkpoints on Unification bridge near the military demarcation line in the Demilitarized Zone in Paju, South Korea, on January 19th, 2018. Photograph: Kim Hee-Chul

South Korea has said it will “work hard” to build on the momentum from inter-Korean talks ahead of the Winter Olympics to bring North Korea and the US(...)

The funniest thing I read this week about the Dublin Bus strike was that the company’s Ghost Bus tour was cancelled. I deal with “ghost buses” every day. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

“Hi Mark.....” It’s the Dublin Bus customer service Twitter account responding after I complained a no-show had made me late on Wednesday morning, ye(...)

Vijay Govindarajan: “What you need to forget will help you in the future are the very things that are helping you today. What you need to forget requires having a vision of the future.”

A successful strategy for the long-term growth and prosperity of a business involves envisaging the future while forgetting the past and, at the same (...)

Tommy O’Malley, a Wexford-born novelist and associate professor of English at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

Irish-American immigrant Tommy O’Malley has condemned plans by Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz to hunt down and deport his hypothetical nam(...)

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich  in the spin room after the Republican candidates’ debate in New Hampshire. Photograph: Reuters/Rick Wilking

Some New Hampshirites have stopped answering their phones. The calls come several times a day from pollsters asking how they will vote in Tuesday’s “f(...)

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio during a campaign stop at the Plymouth Senior Center in Plymouth, New Hampshire, in advance of the primary on February 9th. Photograph: CJ Gunther/EPA

About 100 people braved freezing temperatures to hear Republican senator Marco Rubio of Florida, the youngest candidate running for the presidency, at(...)

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